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The Applied English Linguistics major provides students with knowledge of human language and analysis skills that can be applied in professions such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), computational linguistics, data science, advertising, creative writing, education, family history, social media, law, medicine, speech pathology, translation, and so forth. The major focuses on English language as it is used.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Applied English Linguistics major will be able to:

  1. Identify linguistic structures of present-day and historical varieties of the English language (sounds, sound patterns, morphology, grammar, and meaning) and the linguistic/social factors that influence structural/semantic change and variation.
  2. Use appropriate methods and linguistic tools to collect, process, describe, and explain language data.
  3. Apply empirical and descriptive methods to solve problems or answer questions in professional settings and disciplines outside linguistics.

Combining with the Linguistics Computing or TESOL Minors

Up to 9 credits of coursework from the major can be double-counted towards the Linguistics Computing minor, and up to 12 credits of coursework from the major can be double-counted towards the TESOL minor.

Linguistic Computing

For Linguistic Computing, this means that ELING 223 (Intro to the English Language; equivalent to LING 201) and ELING 273 (Intro to English Linguistic Research Methods), as well as one other course from the Linguistic Computing track, will double-count for the minor.

  • If you choose Linguistic Computing as your secondary track, then you will need to complete two courses from the track and three additional courses from the Linguistic Computing minor electives.
  • If you choose Linguistic Computing as your primary track, then you will need to complete four courses from the track and three additional courses from the Linguistic Computing minor electives.

Also be aware that none of these courses may double-count towards the Collecting & Processing requirement of the major.

TESOL

For TESOL, this means that ELING 223 (Intro to the English Language), ELING 325 (The Grammar of English), ELING 375 (TESOL Listening, Speaking, & Pronunciation), and ELING 376 (TESOL Reading, Writing, & Vocabulary) will double-count for the minor.

  • If you choose TESOL & Language Acquisition as your secondary track, then ELING 375 and ELING 376 will fulfill the track, as well as the minor requirement.
  • If you choose TESOL & Language Acquisition as your primary track, then you will need to complete two additional courses in the track OTHER THAN ELING 477 (TESOL Basic Course & Lesson Planning) and ELING 478 (TESOL Practicum), which do not double-count. These might include ELING 529 (Structure of Modern English) and/or one or two other courses approved by your advisor.

English Language Major (before Fall 2022)

The Applied English Linguistics BA was formerly the English Language BA. Students who were enrolled in the English Language major before Fall 2022 have the choice of completing the old requirements or switching to the updated requirements. All students who enroll in the major starting Fall 2022 or later must complete the new requirements. The old requirements can be downloaded here.

Faculty Advisors

Last Name Advisor Office Phone Email
A-E Don Chapman 4064B JFSB 801-422-8738 don_chapman@byu.edu
F-J Brett Hashimoto 4037 JFSB 801-422-3482 brett_hashimoto@byu.edu
K-O Lisa Johnson 4040 JFSB 801-422-2938 lisamorganjohnson@byu.edu
P-T Joey Stanley 4059 JFSB 801-422-9168 joey_stanley@byu.edu
U-Z Dallin Oaks 4075 JFSB 801-422-6369 dallin_oaks@byu.edu